Will the price of gasoline bring down the Bulgarian government?

Will the price of gasoline bring down the Bulgarian government?

Great protests are taking place in Bulgaria due to repeated increases in the price of gasoline and oil.

Over the last three weeks there has been an overflow of rage in the country, with anti-government slogans now openly being heard.

Groups of citizens have blocked off traffic in highways across the country, not allowing entry into large cities – especially in Sofia, serious problems were caused on Monday – and access to customs offices. They demand that “the system changes”, as the “people are against political parties”.

Citizens participating in these protests highlight the problems they face in everyday life, poverty and corruption.

As political analysts point out, protests across Bulgaria in recent weeks were spontaneous and do not necessarily turn against the Boïko Borissov government.

However, the resignation of Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov is a cause for concern and some are already talking about a return to 2013, with the price of petrol being the issue now, compared to the price of electricity back then.

How long can Bulgaria withstand a new long-term political crisis?

“These protests do not involve real social demands. When someone is not happy with his salary, he turns to his employer”, Dimitar Manolov, the leader of Podkrepa, the country’s largest union, said, adding that there may be an attempt to influence and sway public opinion.

The average salary in Bulgaria is enough to purchase about 200 liters of gasoline./IBNA